Lecturer | Environmental and Life Sciences

The University of Newcastle

Location: Callaghan

Job Type: Full time


Our vision to become a world-leading university for our regions will take passion and perseverance. We can’t do it without you.

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our vision is to be a world-leading University for our regions and creating a better future for our regions and the globe. Underpinned by this vision and our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability, the University of Newcastle’s Looking Ahead Strategic Plan 2020-2025 outlines the University’s commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience and serving our communities.

We are looking for people to join our university and bring their global expertise to our region, and to take their impactful research to the world with us.

We are driven by our inclusive focus and are proud of our five-star rating for social equity. We are among the first 15 universities in Australia to receive the Bronze Award under the Athena Swan Charter and we’re striving to achieve Silver.

About us

The University’s College of Engineering, Science and Environment (CESE) brings together expertise in engineering, environment, and the sciences to deliver life ready graduates and transformative solutions to our region and the world. CESE strives for excellence, innovation and equity in teaching, education, research and partnerships. We are global leaders uncovering new knowledge, creating revolutionary technology, and delivering innovative teaching.

The School of Environmental and Life Sciences is a highly applied group that seeks to address the environmental problems facing our planet. From animal conservation work to human reproduction research, the focus is on developing solutions to issues impacting flora, fauna and humankind.

Using modern delivery methods, students are taught by dedicated scientific thinkers producing graduates with practical and theoretical skills necessary to transition successfully to the workforce. The School is committed to developing research and teaching skills that encourage critical thinking and problem-solving strategies.

Be challenged and imagine with us

University is seeking to build on its capacity and productivity in the fields of terrestrial ecology and conservation science within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences. We are looking to appoint a Lecturer who will be primarily based within the Discipline of Environmental Science and Management focus on key undergraduate courses including vegetation ecology, restoration ecology and management of Australian native flora amongst other general environmental courses.

How will we inspire you?

The successful candidate will be expected to complement and collaborate with the terrestrial Conservation Science Research Group, as well as other Discipline members working in the fields of ecotoxicology, environmental genomics, freshwater & estuarine science and water quality.

This role will:

  • Foster increased cooperation between the University and allied research affiliates.
  • Attract competitive external grant funding, including industry-based research support, in ecological restoration.
  • Establish and build an independent research program to attract undergraduate and higher degree students to the Discipline of Environmental Science and Management.
  • Implement new teaching pedagogies (including blended and active learning) within undergraduate programs with a view to enhancing the student experience.
  • Work cohesively within a team environment to strengthen current and future research priorities of the Discipline of Environmental Science and Management.
  • Participate in activities to maintain academic standards and administrative effectiveness within the School of Environmental and Life Sciences and College of Engineering, Science, and Environment.

How will you inspire us?

The essential criteria for success include:

  • Expertise: A doctoral qualification in terrestrial ecology, biodiversity & conservation, or other field relevant to vegetation and restoration ecology
  • High-Quality Research: Demonstrated record of publication or non-traditional research output in high-quality outlets, including evidence of capacity to attract grant funding for vegetation based and other ecological restoration projects involving transdisciplinary teams.
  • Supervision: Skills and experience in active supervision of honours, masters and/or Higher Degree by Research postgraduate students, in applied ecological research.
  • Quality Teaching: Demonstrated recent ability to achieve high teaching quality as indicated by internal and external surveys and outcomes for students, with specific experience in teaching vegetation and restoration ecology in the Australian context, that will engage students to participate in ecological restoration science and practice.
  • Curriculum Design: Demonstrated recent ability to contribute at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate levels, taking responsibility for the preparation and delivery of course modules and coordinating one or more courses, including collaboration in curriculum design and delivery where appropriate.
  • Engagement: Ability to efficiently perform in allocated internal roles, sharing academic service responsibilities, contributing to outcomes of internal committees, and developing external collaborations.

For the full list of essential and desirable selection criteria, please review the Position Description.

Female targeted

As part of the University’s commitment to increasing the number of women in underrepresented areas such as STEMM, this role is targeted towards female candidates. Please note that both male and female candidates can apply, however priority will be given to female candidates who can demonstrate they successfully meet the selection criteria. The University currently holds an exemption under Section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) in relation to its targeted recruiting programs.

What we offer

This position will be offered as a level B, continuing role.

The remuneration range is from $108,382 to $128,705 plus 17 % superannuation and leave loading.

For information on our employee benefits (such as flexible working, discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships and salary packaging) please click here.

The University is committed to being a leader in family-friendly working environments.

Move to Newcastle

A move to Newcastle offers you the choice to live in the city, by the sea or near bushland - the region offers a wonderful place for a family to grow and the opportunity to strike a work/life balance.

Visit the City of Newcastle site to imagine your future in Newcastle.

Let’s be part of something bigger together.

Visit this page for a guide on how to apply for a role.

Your application must include:

  • Your ORCID ID
  • A URL link to your University Academic Profile (or equivalent)
  • A Cover Letter; outlining your interest in the role
  • A statement addressing all of the Essential and Desirable Criteria, as provided in the Position Description (4 pages max)
  • Your CV, which should be succinct and discipline appropriate.

Please upload your Cover Letter and response to the requested Criteria as one PDF document.

For specific position enquiries, please contact Craig Evans, Senior Lecturer School of Environmental and Life Sciences on (02) 4921 5630 or via email craig.evans@newcastle.edu.au

Having difficulties? Please reach out to us: employment@newcastle.edu.au

Closing date: 19th October 2023 at 11.59pm AEST

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you

The University of Newcastle is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

We provide opportunities for all people regardless of their background and experience, and this philosophy is reflected across all that we do.


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